What do you consider your biggest strength when it comes to writing? I think dialog comes close to the top of the list for me. I’ve had several people remark on it. Yeah, I keep my mouth closed in real life, but my characters blab away…
Truthfully, I overdo dialog. In fact, in the past I have had beta readers comment on my over use of dialog. Not all – I’ve had others that had positive things to say about it.
I have started editing “The Old Mill”, a book that I posted here as a serial. One thing that I discovered, to my dismay, is that I have entire chapters that are 100% dialog. Some are phone conversations. Others are people sitting around chatting. After I did one quick pass through the book I almost felt that it would be easier to make it into a play than a novel. Not just a play, but an Elizabethan era play, with few stage directions. Or perhaps an opera.
Ouch. How do I fix that?
I am now in the middle of a rewrite. One thing that I am doing is changing it from all first person to third person. Every chapter is in one person’s POV (well, for the most part), but the chapters can be in different POVs. OK, most are in the main character’s POV, just third person. But I have added other POVs, which really helps develop the characters and makes the entire story more three dimensional.
Does this help with the dialog issue? Continue reading